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The Unity Bridge across Rovuma River at Negomano, Cabo Delgado. File photo: DW
Sporadic attacks by insurgents in the northern province Cabo Delgado in Mozambique combined with the El Nino phenomenon have caused food shortages, according to a report released Monday here by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network.
The report said that recent attacks in Cabo Delgado potentially increase the displacement of people, who were forced to abandon their land and move to safer areas, and the most vulnerable households are withdrawing children from school.
“If more households are unable to access food and engage in agricultural activities, food security outcomes can deteriorate,” said the report.
According to the report, the Mozambican government in coordination with the World Food Program (WFP) provides humanitarian assistance to the returning refugees, however, food assistance is insufficient to meet total needs and improve the situation soon.
“Food assistance in Cabo Delgado will last until November, and reducing rainfall will likely delay the availability of green food in these areas, as more families will face the results of the crisis by January 2019,” said the report.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is an organization that provides early warning and analysis on food insecurity.
Since the armed attacks in Cabo Delgado began in October last year, at least 50 people have been killed and hundreds of houses torched down.Source: Xinhua